The Fukushima plant in Japan, that suffered a catastrophic level of damage from an earthquake back on March 11th, 2011, has emitted a record high of radiation into the Pacific Ocean.
Reactor #2 had readings that indicated record levels of radiation, that it would destroy the robot camera being utilized to examine the site while it is being shut down.
A metal grating down below in the image, had been filled with nuclear fuel, had collapsed, making a large hole. In the pictures below, you can see the black debris from the remnants of burnt fuel reached at a deep point in the reactor. In one area, radiation was estimated at 530 sieverts per hour, which is dangerously higher than the past record of 73 sieverts per hour.
Many experts are claiming that fuel is being leaked into the plant each day, raising the levels of toxic radiation that could kill humans.
While over 600 tons of radiation is being leaked into the ocean daily, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) states that the reading didn’t focus on all the reactors and just one, and that areas had less radiation than others. However, they are known to ignore the concerns surrounding them.
The Japan Times reports that, the company is looking into subjecting a robotic probe into the reactors, however it would fry up before 2 hours had passed. The device is only meant to handle up to 1000 sieverts of radiation.
Spokesman Tatsuhiro Yamagishi for Tepco said: “We believe the captured images offer very useful information, but we still need to investigate given that it is very difficult to assume the actual condition inside.” The process of clearing the debris and devastation will take a long time as radiation levels are so severe that technology can’t respond well to it. It makes the process quite a hard one.
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